A Passover Poem and Its Postscript

DayenuThree years ago, Moment magazine and its poetry editor, Faye Moskowitz, did me the great honor of publishing my poem “Dayenu.” As I explained when the poem was shared again on RJ.org during Jewish Disability Awareness Month in 2014, “Dayenu” emerged from a family Seder during which I’d been especially moved by the participation of my young nephew, who as a toddler was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech.

Fast forward to 2015/5775. And listen to “our little boy” summarize the Passover story. He continues to inspire and impress me — as do his amazing therapists and teachers (not to mention his amazing Mommy!).

Which reminds me: If you’re reading this and you happen to know S. “in real life,” please don’t mention this post. He can be rather camera/video-shy, and although his mom/my sister has approved my sharing this recording-via-iTalk, he isn’t aware that it exists. Thank you.

(Oh, there’s a bonus—you get to hear Grandma and Grandpa speak/participate, too!)

6 thoughts on “A Passover Poem and Its Postscript

  1. Lillian Amcis says:

    Dayenu – a song of elation and gratitude for the daily gifts of abundance in our lives, each fabulous in its singular dimension. A child reaches across an abyss and speaks – and the world rejoices.
    Your postscript enthralled me with the magic of possibility and with an insight. Perhaps a child who learns differently is the greatest teacher of all. Kol Ha-kavod.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Oh, thank you, Lillian!

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